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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 6 Dec 2023


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Vic Alt-Wednesday webinar - December - Medical Community Virtual Consult (MCVC) service

On-demand recorded 6 Dec 2023

Well known media commentator and respected GP Dr Sally Cockburn will be deep diving into various GP-relevant clinical topics with guest panellists to address “stuff they didn’t teach you in medical school”.

December's Alt-Wednesday webinar topic is Medical Community Virtual Consult (MCVC) service.
Covid Lockdown meant new ways of virtually interacting with patients entered mainstream medical practice. In appropriate situations telehealth continues today. However, what else can this technology offer the future of general practice? Have you ever wished you could get quick access to a specialist for assistance with a complex patient? Rather than the patient waiting for a long off outpatient appointment what if you could get live advice on management? Well, such a service now exists here in Melbourne.
Following on from the success of the Virtual Emergency Department service at Northern Health, Dr David Langford founded and trialed the “Medical Community Virtual Consult” service (MCVC) during Covid Pandemic and now it’s an ongoing concern. The aim of the MCVC is to foster reliable communication between primary care and medical specialists. GPs can book live telehealth appointments to discuss complex patients with a specialist team. Although the MCVC is a Northern Health initiative it is open to GPs from all over Victoria.
Join Dr Sally Cockburn and expert guest, Dr Vinita Rane, Medical Lead for MCVC to hear how we might utilise the service and what the future might hold.
Important resources:
Medical Community Virtual Consult (MCVC) service home page  
Access the MCVC service here

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify where and how to access the Medical Community Virtual Consult (MCVC) service.
  2. Appreciate the role of technology in the future of patient care by fostering reliable communication between primary care and medical specialists.

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Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Sally Cockburn is a practicing GP and health educator. She graduated MBBS from Monash University in 1982 and recently completed her Masters of Health And Medical Law from Uni Melbourne. Sally has also been a high-profile media presenter (Dr Feelgood) for over 30 years on radio, tv and in print. She has a strong commitment to Medical Education and has held various teaching positions. She is currently an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She has a strong commitment to better health outcomes and social justice and behind the scenes has been involved in health policy and legislation reform. She has sat on some high profile not for profit boards Sally has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a radio industry award for best documentary , the Monash University Alumni Service Award and in 2010 was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications. She is a sought after public speaker, MC and panel facilitator.


Dr Vinita Rame
Medical Lead of Medical Community Virtual Consult (MCVC)

Dr Rane promotes the development of modern skills needed to thrive in the clinical workplace. She is a dual-trained General and Sexual Health Physician, with significant clinical and academic appointments. She is the Professional Practice Clinical Lead at the University of Melbourne, and holds public appointments as the Head of the Pandemic Wards at the Northern Hospital, Epping and as a sexual health physician at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. Utilising trauma-informed and positive education principles, she collaborates with the medical community to develop explicit curricula that equip doctors with 21st century skills: creativity, curiosity, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving.


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